UPDATE: Suspect who sparked Wal-Mart evacuation caught

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Suspect has been apprehended

UPDATE: The suspect, Todd Underwood, was taken into custody by the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT team) Thursday at about 1 p.m. following a barricade in the area of 21st Street and Aire Libre. He was reportedly at the home of an acquaintance at the time of his arrest. He faces auto theft, burglary and felony flight charges.


PHOENIX - Phoenix police responded to a Wal-Mart at 18th Avenue and Bell Road in reference to a burglary suspect who ran inside the store Wednesday evening.

According to Phoenix police, auto theft detectives were looking for the suspect, who has been identified as Todd Underwood, 37.

Police were trying to serve a warrant at 15th Avenue and Union Hills Road at a house they thought was a chop shop.

Underwood was not named on the warrant, but he fled the scene. Police say he broke into a house where two little girls found him hiding under their bed.

He then stole a car and ended up at Wal-Mart.

All store employees and customers were forced to leave the building while police searched for the suspect.

At 7:45 p.m., police re-opened the Wal-Mart without finding Underwood.

A 1995 Department of Corrections picture of Underwood is to the right.

Police say Underwood is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 150 pounds and now has very short brown hair, almost shaved.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to call the Phoenix Police Department at 262-6141 or Silent Witness (480-Witness).